Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar (Humboldt Park)
Location: 954 N. California Ave.
Reservations: Not Accepted
As its name might suggest, Rootstock is a neighborhood beer and wine bar, opened by three former employees of Webster Wine Bar in Lincoln Park. With a focus on local farming, sustainability, and small-batch craft beers and wines, this Humboldt Park locale is a welcome retreat for the west side.
Rootstock is a one-room affair, with a small street-side patio open for seating in the summer months. The motley collection of tables and chairs is charming, placed alongside larger wooden communal tables. The lighting is dim, but the atmosphere is energetic and eclectic.
The beer and wine lists are extensive, yet approachable. And if you need help the friendly and informative staff is there to walk you through the options. We satiated our mid-bar-crawl appetite with a small cheese flight garnished with pickled fruits. YUM. Though the food menu is short, the focus is on quality, not quantity. Other food items include PEI Mussels, Confit Duck Leg, and Grilled Peaches with Creamed Corn. There’s also a Sunday brunch served from 11am – 4pm, featuring options like chilaquiles, eggs benedict, and an egg white frittata. Keep in mind the menu changes frequently according to the availability of local ingredients.
Though I wouldn’t necessarily tack this place onto another bar crawl, it’s a great date spot — for either a romantic evening of dinner and drinks, or a leisurely Sunday brunch.
This article first appeared in UPchicago’s Humboldt Park Bar Crawl